Sunday, July 30, 2017
The un Cilvil War and also mis-directions.
Little known facts:
…Average number of people airborne over the US any given hour: 61,000.
…Portion of land in the US owned by the government: 1/3.
…Ninety percent of New York City cabbies are recently arrived immigrants.
Back to travels:
Something odd hit my mind as I thought about thinking the Surrender happened in a courthouse. Years ago on an Eastern US trip we were in New York State. We decided to go to Woodstock, NY and see what all the fuss had been about in an earlier part of our lives. WE heard and read about it, and since we were near decided to go see Woodstock.
Driving thru the little town we did see many aging Hippies. Lots of tie-dyed clothing, but no signs or indications that something earth shaken had happened here. We did find a small theater way out in the woods that would seat about 200, but the search was empty. It was time for dinner so we stopped at a restaurant and Sherry asked the waiter, “Where the big concert had taken place?”
He smiled real big and said, you are 70 miles from the site. The Woodstock Happening was Held in Bethel Woods, NY. Yeah we did drive on down to see. LOL
As to the Uncivil war, I hear some ignorant red-necks, my people, say: “We will win next time!” God forbid there is ever a next time. A war where brother is against brother, family against family. There are at least 3 graves on the Appalachian Trail of NC boys who fought for the North and were trying to get home for Christmas and were ambushed and killed by their old neighbors. How sick is that?
Below is the Appomattox Court House landscape. Beautiful and quiet. It is hard to imagine all the death and maiming in this VA countryside.
I really do not think I am weird. I had a good feeling knowing that I had stepped on the same steps Grant and Lee had climbed. I stood 6 feet from the actual place Lee signed the surrender. Just me, but I think that is awesome.
Shucks, I feel almost famous. I once peed where John Wayne peed in Brackettville, Texas. We visited the full size mock-up of Old San Antonio. It was a movie set where John Wayne filmed the movie, “The Alamo”. ;-)
Virginia offers many points of interest concerning our early American history. And the drives are pleasant.
We have visited several times but are thinking of going over by Williamsburg again. Then thru Norfolk where we were stationed twice, then crossing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. I have crossed it several times, but Sherry has not. She wants to give it a shot. We might just do that.
1987 Avanti, last productions automobile out of South Bend